Early Look - Boston College

Early Look - Boston College


Early Look - Boston College


By Heath Bradley.

The 2012 season kicks off in just over three months.  As the Tigers prepare for summer workouts TheClemsonInsider.com takes an early look at the 2012 opponents.  The Tigers travel to Boston College for the second ACC game of the season.








Day: Saturday

Date: Sept. 29, 2012

Location: Chestnut Hill, MA

Time: TBA




Location: Chestnut Hill, MA

Enrollment: 14,640

Mascot: Eagles

Colors: Maroon & Gold

Conference: ACC (Atlantic)

2011 Record – Overall (Conference):  4-8 (3-5)

Head Coach: Frank Spaziani, 4th Season (20-19 Overall)

Coordinators: Offensive Coordinator- Doug Martin; Defensive Coordinator- Bill McGovern

Returning Lettermen: 40

Returning Starters: 17, 9 Offense, 7 Defense, 1 Specialist

Key Returning Players: WR- Colin Larmond, RB- Rolandan Finch, QB- Chase Rettig, DE- Max Holloway

Key Losses: LB- Luke Kuechly, RB- Montel Harris, P- Ryan Quigley, TE- Lars Anderson

What to Expect:  The Eagles lost star LB Luke Kuechly to the NFL Draft as well as BC all-time leading rusher Montel Harris. It will be interesting to see how both the offense and defense fair without their most talented players. However, the Tigers have struggled in trips to Chestnut Hill since BC has joined the ACC, do not expect this to be the case in 2012. The Tigers will make the trip north and take care of business. In 2011, Clemson was well on its way to a convincing victory when Tajh Boyd was injured and missed the majority of the second half. In just over two quarters of play Boyd had already passed for 283 yards. Expect Boyd to pick up right where he left off in the 2012 meeting, also expect him to be wearing his hip pads. The Tigers were also able to impose their will on the ground versus BC in 2011. If Clemson can run the ball, it will open up the passing game for Boyd. Without Kuechly in the middle for BC expect the Tigers to exploit the BC defense with the run and crossing routes. Clemson’s defense was dominant in the 2011 matchup and I expect the same in 2012. A dominant defensive performance paired with steady offense should lead to an easy victory for the Tigers.





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